Williamson Makes 18 Saves as Men's Lacrosse Nets Road Win at Middlebury

Christopher Williamson made 18 saves to seal Bowdoin's win at Middlebury
Christopher Williamson made 18 saves to seal Bowdoin's win at Middlebury

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin goaltender Christopher Williamson made 18 saves, including a point-blank stop as time expired, to give the Polar Bear men's lacrosse team a 7-6 win over Middlebury on Saturday afternoon.

20th-ranked Bowdoin improves to 5-2 (3-2 NESCAC) as they deal the 11th-ranked Panthers (6-1, 4-1 NESCAC) their first loss of the season.

Billy Bergner's hat trick paced the Bowdoin offense, while Peter Reuter added a goal and two assists. Will Wise chipped in with a goal and one assist and Maxwell Rosner had two caused turnovers and nabbed a team-best four groundballs. Stew Kerr added two goals and an assist for Middlebury while goalie Nate Gaudio stopped 15 shots.

Bowdoin's Franklin Reis broke a 1-1 tie with :03 on the first quarter clock with a wrap-around tally for a 2-1 lead. After Middlebury's Kerr netted the equalizer at 14:30 in the second on a man-up goal, the Polar Bears scored the final three goals of the half, for a 5-2 lead at the break. Dan Hanley started the run less than a minute after Kerr's tally on a driving move to the crease. Billy Bergner notched his second of the game on a door step feed from Will Wise at 6:35. Wise followed with a man-up goal for the 5-2 advantage.

Middlebury opened the second as Brian Foster won the opening face-off, Kerr then found Sean Carroll for the quick-stick feed at 14:21. Leading 5-3, Bowdoin put two more on the board to close out the third, including Bergner's hat-trick tally at 7:19, for a 7-3 lead.

In the fourth, Middlebury strung a trio of goals together, closing the gap to 7-6 as Kerr got it started at 12:53 off a feed from Carroll. Less than two minutes later, Mike Giordano put a wrap-around past William for a 7-5 game. At 2:08, Bowdoin called a timeout to set their defense after the ball went out of play during a Panther possession. Fifteen seconds later, Middlebury's Scott Redmond's sweeping move and goal made it a 7-6 game with 1:53 left to play.

Bowdoin won the ensuing face-off and controlled the clock, but an errant pass resulted in a turnover with :28 left to play. Middlebury pushed the ball into their offensive end, launched a wide shot, but maintained possession. In the final seconds, Broome had the ball in the low slot, just a few feet from Williamson's left side, but the on-target shot was stopped by Williamson as time expired.

The Polar Bears will return to action at Williams on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.